Originally Posted by Gnarlito
I guess I'd like things to get back to basics, to a more communal model, and to a more egalitarian sort of ski culture where you can't buy a turn at the expense of someone else just because you have more money.
Well said Comrade!
See you in the food line.
Not that I like all the "amenities"...my wife and I are pretty no-frills travellers, but you're asking for a pretty wholesale change of society.
And don't think the next generation will solve anything when it comes to materialism and consumerism. If anything, they will be worse, because they have more sense of entitlement than any generation before them (as a gross generalization of course -- you, or your kid, are the exception). Look around. I'm 41. When I was in high school very few kids had cars, and those who did had beaters they bought themselves. Today kids have nice cars, cell phones, all kinds of electronicy gadgets so they can constantly remain "in touch". And they want MORE! Any sport kids play they gotta have all the gear. Go to a baseball or softball game and kids are coming loaded with a gear bag of gloves, bat(s), helmet...when I played I had a glove and a ball and a pair of cleats...we used the team helmets, but that's not good enough for kids these days (or for their parents who wnat to protect snowflake from lice I guess).
And of course, turn the microscope on our ownselves too. OK, so maybe we don't get our nose hairs trimmed slopeside (what?), maybe we aren't buying 8k sq foot condos in the mountains...but look at the How Big is Your Quiver thread...nobody there is complaining about people owning five, six, ten pairs of skis. Talk about excessive consumption.
Is there really WiFi in godolas somewhere?
This stuff won't change until people realize they can be happier with less. With fewer pairs of skis. With TV's that don't take up a whole wall. Without supersized meals. Without spa treatments. Without cars that do everything but wipe their...umm...feet for them. Without a bluetooth headset attached to their ear in case the president calls for advice.
Skiing egaltarian? No way. I couldn't afford to ski when I was young.
I have two pairs of skis in my "quiver" but that's not really accurate cause I upgraded to PE's last year and won't ever use the others again. I'll try to give them to someone who can use them. I have no interest in owning (and tuning and waxing) multiple pairs of my own skis, let alone those of my wife and kids. Oh, I have one of those really wide single skis that you ride sideways too. If I lived in an area where there is more natural snow, I might get a second pair of skis.
But...you're fighting a rising tide. Look at Richie's SUV thread. He is adamant that he needs, and is entitled to, a gargantuan SUV to drive him, his girlfriend Paris, and their two hairless cats to Vermont a few times a year. If you've ever been to Long Island for any amount of time, you'd realize that Richie is a victim of his environment. I've never seen a place where conspicuous consumerism is more ingrained...it's just a way of life there for many people. Same thing with going on vacation and splurging on all the fancy crap they are hucking at the mountain.
The more I see people spending money on really ridiculous stuff, the more I want to get rid of stuff I own and simplify my life.